Directors: Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman
Original Release: 2012
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Brave is Pixar's latest offering, an Atalanta-esque tale set in Medieval Scotland. Mérida, a princess, defies her parents expectations that she marry. When suitors are assembled for a contest of skill, she chooses archery and, predictably, defeats them all as a testament to her own right to choose. But that's just the beginning of her adventures.
Having a daughter, we're always on the lookout for stories with strong female leads. While Studio Ghibli is very reliable on that score, this is the first Pixar feature to deliver. Mérida is certainly beautiful (and voiced by the ultra-sexy Kelly MacDonald). However, she's a far cry from the Disney Princess ideal. She's intelligent, resourceful, skilled and extremely independent.
Pixar is very dependable for visual splendor and Brave is no exception. The voice cast is wonderful, too. In addition to MacDonald, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly, Craig Ferguson and Robbie Coltrane are all delightful contributors. Brave has already won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature and is Oscar-nominated for the same.
My Wife and I were both pleased that by the end of the film, Mérida still hadn't chosen to marry.
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